decay collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈkeɪ/

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when something is gradually destroyed by a natural process or gradually gets into a worse state

Adjectives frequently used with decay
fast/slow: gradual, rapid, slowThe city’s trade and shipping fell into rapid decay.type of decay: dental, moral, natural, physical, radioactive, social, urbanTheir website features some fascinating images of urban decay.
Nouns frequently used before decay
toothTooth decay has the highest prevalence of any disease in the world.
Verbs frequently used with decay
cause or speed up decay: accelerate, causeThe micro-organisms which cause decay in organic matter need air to survive.reach a state of decay: fall intoThe Hall was used as a hospital during the Second World War but has fallen into decay.prevent or reduce decay: prevent, reduceTo prevent tooth decay and gum disease it is necessary to have regular dental visits.
Nouns + of frequently used before decay
signs, stateThe timber is showing signs of decay.
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